WORD OF THE DAY: PERSEVERENCE Oh you thought I was done? Hardly, I just had to get up early today to mow my lawn. ^_~ Shia Lebouf made a motivational video that has become something of a meme. If you haven't seen it, here it is: While it is a little on the cheesy side, I find it to be absolutely brilliant. Carlos Castaneda described (sorry if this is a repeat) two types of individuals, a line where all peoples can be separated into two categories. I. The first are the immortals; those who are going to live forever. You can tell these by the manner in which they waste their time, fixate on non-conducive practices and habits, and are generally reticent to engage in anything particularly laborious or involved. These are individuals who have all the time in the world – to use or to waste – because they aren't going to die. No its true, they are going to live on perennially without concern for age, depreciation of their bodies, etc. II. The second group consists of those who are going to die. You can tell these by the degree to which they commit themselves to tasks, pursuits, development, etc. Here are individuals who recognize that their bodies are ever-so gradually degrading, aging, and becoming less viable. In observance of the eventual cessation of operation of their body, they spend their time with worthwhile (ish) pursuits, goals, and challenges. Having reached a point where – and not to a paranoid or obsessive degree – they recognize the finite nature of existence in an individuated form, they operate from a position of fruitfully pursuing necessary, viable, or conducive practices and pursuits. The previous post was primarily dedicated to the immortals. For the dying,... nobody said it was going to be easy, but that's not a principle concern. Ease is irrelevant; oh sure its nice when the time is right, but it is not something to be hounded or pursued. Incidentally, I've been meaning to ask: Who doesn't do the washing up? Sorry, that one's been festering for some time now. Anyhow,.... So back to working hard. Let's put this into proper perspective shall we? Without taking sides or promoting one idea over the other, we can all agree that there are appreciable and depreciable aspects to the world yes? There are parts we would keep and parts we would see undergo a transition/emergence yes? Is there anyone laboring under the delusion that any transition/emergence would be either easy, or absent a whole lot of hard work? Seriously? What is baffling to me – and I'm in the camp of 'things could stand some improvement' – is how individuals (re: the Alt Community) seem particularly quick and apt to rant, rave, posit, and theorize about 'what can/should be done',... but from a desire to inspire someone (someoneS by my estimation) to do the work for them. Oh, they don't sell it like that, but look at the causes, effects, and product. Look, “Get Others to do the Work For you...” is one of the 48 Laws, but that is not an excuse for inaction. Moreover, it should be increasingly apparent that I am particularly critical of individuals who's actions lack the conviction of their words. Don't you worry, I'll be spieling about 'online identities/personas' before too long. ^_~ Anyhow, if one is in confusion as to why I am going on and on about 'doing it', etc., the answer is very simple. Action is the purview of the body. An individual who's conscious mind presents one story/idea and their body/actions present another, this is clear evidence to me of an individual who's mind and body are divided against themselves and are largely (if not entirely) operating with an absent/defunct resolve. Simply put, these individuals' 3 faculties are operating in enmity to one another. If I can impress only ONE thing on the reader (or the world for that matter) – in fact the whole over-arching pursuit of this thread above all is to impress ideas, strategies, positions, philosophies, etc. geared toward this: uniting/harmonizing the 3 faculties; in opposition to the idea of enmity is that of affinity. To try and change the world without changing/refining the self is putting the cart before the horse; good luck with that.